When are you fully present? What helps you to stop your racing thoughts?
Today I would like to introduce you to two of my favourite exercises for more presence.
When you are outside: Look at the sky. Observe the movement of the clouds. We loved doing that as kids, didn’t we? Alternatively, fix your gaze on a tree and watch the leaves rustle in the wind. Sounds super simple, but it is. What luck. If you’re indoors: plants or candles will do!
Close your eyes and ask yourself: How do I know I have hands? Of course you saw them a moment ago, but apart from that, how can you be sure? Most likely you feel some kind of tingling in your hands. Maybe energy too. Notice the feeling in your hands for 60 seconds (or as long as you can). If you like, you can move your attention further into other parts of your body.
Both exercises help you to bring your attention back to the present moment, the second also to your body. This gets you out of your head and you become an observer of your thoughts.
When you are intently observing something, anything, your mind becomes quiet – if only for a moment.
I’d love to hear your experience with these exercises or your own presence exercises. So please get in touch with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org ! What helps you best to stop your mind carousel?